11 Simple Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Save You Time
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1. Find a keyword:
The Atlantic relayed a study that found that "90% of the U.S. Internet population" in 2011 didn't know how to find a keyword on their computer. Don't be ashamed! Simply type ctrl + F and plug in whatever you're looking for, like you've always done this.
2. Permanently delete a file:
3. Reopen closed tabs:
"No no no no no! Come back — don't leave me!" That's you accidentally closing a browser tab. Fortunately, ctrl (command) + shift + T will return it to you. Do it again, and it'll retrieve the tab before that. Try it now. Close this tab. Do it. You'll be back.
4. Lock your computer:
5. Rename files:
6. Toggle between programs:
7. Select a row in a spreadsheet:
This one's the same for both operating systems — hooray! To highlight a row in a spreadsheet, click any cell and hit shift + space. Bonus shortcuts: use ctrl + delete to remove the row or ctrl + shift + up or down to select all the rows above or below.
8. Send an email:
9. Paste as plain text:
Sure, everyone knows the old ctrl + v trick, but every once in a while, you copy and paste something that looks like Webdings where the format is completely bonkers. "Just gimme the text!" you cry, so you hit ctrl (command) + shift + V and boom, it works!
10. Show the desktop:
11. Select the address bar:
Imagine you're in a web browser, like the one you're in now. How would you go to a site outside of your bookmarks, in this tab? Click the address bar? That takes too much time! Tap ctrl (command) + L to highlight the address bar and type away!